Jean‐Philippe Rameau
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1683-09-25
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Jean‐Philippe Rameau

Jean‐Philippe Rameau Biography (BBC)

Jean-Philippe Rameau was aged 50 before his first opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, was premiered in Paris. By the time of his death 30 years later he had composed over 30 stage works, and produced around 40 works of musical theory.

Born in Dijon, Rameau held a succession of organist posts before moving permanently to Paris in 1722. In the same year his influential Traité de l'harmonie was published. During this time he was known largely as a composer of keyboard music and cantatas, but with his early operas, among them Les Indes galantes (1736) and Les fêtes d'Hébé (1739) he won a reputation for strengthening the dramatic role of music in his stage-works, displeasing the more conservative followers of Lully. After a period under the patronage of the financier La Pouplinière, Rameau won favour at the Royal Court, and was appointed a royal chamber music composer. Despite his hard-won success as an opera composer - especially in the genre of the tragédie lyrique - Rameau returned to his theoretical treatises from the 1750s, though he managed to complete two further major works, Les Paladins (1760) and Les Boréades (1763).

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Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Cyclopes arr Hekkema
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Les Cyclopes arr Hekkema
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus (orchestral suites) - tragedie en Musique (1739)
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Dardanus (orchestral suites) - tragedie en Musique (1739)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Suite in G - from Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin arr. for wind quintet
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Suite in G - from Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin arr. for wind quintet
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Pieces from Les Indes Galantes
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Pieces from Les Indes Galantes
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Daphnis et Eglé (Overture)
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Daphnis et Eglé (Overture)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
L'Apotheose de la Danse - orchestral suite of dance music by Rameau
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L'Apotheose de la Danse - orchestral suite of dance music by Rameau
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Les Gentils Airs - Ou Airs Connus, Ajustee en duo: Tamborin
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Les Gentils Airs - Ou Airs Connus, Ajustee en duo: Tamborin
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Danse des Sauvages (Les Indes Galantes)
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Danse des Sauvages (Les Indes Galantes)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de clavecin - Suite in G major
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Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de clavecin - Suite in G major
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus Suite - Air gai en roendeau pour les memes
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Dardanus Suite - Air gai en roendeau pour les memes
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
La Poule
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La Poule
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Contredanse en rondeau (Les Boréades)
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Contredanse en rondeau (Les Boréades)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Le Temple de la gloire: Penetrez les humains
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Le Temple de la gloire: Penetrez les humains
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Chaconne (Les Indes galantes)
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Chaconne (Les Indes galantes)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
La Princesse de Navarre: Duo d'un Francais et un Espagnol
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La Princesse de Navarre: Duo d'un Francais et un Espagnol
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
La Princesse de Navarre: De rochers entasses; Air for Trumpet
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La Princesse de Navarre: De rochers entasses; Air for Trumpet
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Le Temple de la gloire: Neides' aria
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Le Temple de la gloire: Neides' aria
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Indes galantes: Finale
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Les Indes galantes: Finale
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus: Entree pour les guerriers
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Dardanus: Entree pour les guerriers
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Indes galantes: Entree des quatres nations
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Les Indes galantes: Entree des quatres nations
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Le Temple de la gloire: Trajan's aria
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Le Temple de la gloire: Trajan's aria
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Castor et Pollux: Tambourin
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Castor et Pollux: Tambourin
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Zoroastre: Ouverture
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Zoroastre: Ouverture
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Excerpts from Les Indes galante, La Princesse de Navarre, Le Temple de la gloire
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Excerpts from Les Indes galante, La Princesse de Navarre, Le Temple de la gloire
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Quel bruit! Quels vents, ô ciel!...Quelle plainte en ces lieux m'appelle?
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Quel bruit! Quels vents, ô ciel!...Quelle plainte en ces lieux m'appelle?
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Dardanus: Prologue - Menuet tendre et rondeau; 1st & 2nd tambourins
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Dardanus: Prologue - Menuet tendre et rondeau; 1st & 2nd tambourins
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Première Rigaudon arr Heifetz (Pièces de clavecin)
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Première Rigaudon arr Heifetz (Pièces de clavecin)
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Les Boreades, Act IV: Gavottes pour les Heures et les Zephirs
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Les Boreades, Act IV: Gavottes pour les Heures et les Zephirs
Jean‐Philippe Rameau
Hippolyte et Aricie, Act V: Premiere et Deuxieme Gavottes
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Hippolyte et Aricie, Act V: Premiere et Deuxieme Gavottes
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